[Hac-announce] Books We Have Read & Upcoming Selections

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Fri Apr 21 17:15:34 EDT 2017

All - With this e-mail I have made two changes to the periodically updated list:
1) The selections are now in reverse chronological order and
2) The next selection is highlighted in yellow while subsequent upcoming readings are highlighted in light blue.
Also, attached is the handout on the next few books.

Finally, for those who attended the discussion on Dennett's Breaking the Spell, here is the link to the recent New Yorker profile of the author: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/27/daniel-dennetts-science-of-the-soul

Hope to see you in May, when Tom Krattenmaker will be at the table to discuss his book Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower.

The Kingdom of Speech by Tom Wolfe 8/19/17 Kevin Gough, Moderator
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey 7/15/17 Kevin Gough, Moderator
White Trash: The 400-YearOld Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg 6/17/17 Kevin Gough, Moderator
Confessions of a SecularJesus Follower: Finding Answers in Jesus for Those Who Don’t Believe by Tom Krattenmaker 5/20/17 Tom Krattenmaker, Guest,Kevin Gough, Moderator
Breaking the Spell:Religion as a Natural Phenomenon byDaniel C. Dennett 4/15/17 Kevin Gough, Moderator
The Invention of Nature:Alexander von Humboldt’s New World byAndrea Wulf 3/18/17 Kevin Gough, Moderator
The Big Sort: Why theClustering of Like-Minded Americais Tearing Us Apart by Bill Bishop2/18/17 Kevin Gough, Moderator
The Great Agnostic: RobertIngersoll and American Freethought bySusan Jacoby 1/21/17 Kevin Gough, Moderator
The Future of an Illusion by Sigmund Freud 11/19/16 Kevin Gough, Moderator
The Age of Reason: Beingan Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology by Thomas Paine & Thomas Paine’s Rights of Manby Christopher Hitchens 10/15/16 Kevin Gough, Moderator
The World Beyond Your Head:Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction by Matthew Crawford 9/17/16 Kevin Gough, Moderator
Good Omens: the Nice andAccurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett 8/20/16 Carol & RichardSiddall, Moderators
The Social Conquest ofEarth by E.O. Wilson 7/16/16 KevinGough, Moderator
The Octopus: A Story of California by Frank Norris 6/18/16 Kevin Gough, Moderator
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl 5/21/16 Kevin Gough, Moderator
Nature's God: TheHeretical Origins of the American Republic by Matthew Stewart 4/16/16 Kevin Gough, Moderator
Being Mortal: Medicine andWhat Matters in the End by AtulGawande 3/19/16 Kevin Gough, Moderator
My Promised Land: TheTriumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit 2/20/16 Kevin Gough, Moderator
Their Eyes Were WatchingGod by Zora Neale Hurston 1/16/16Kevin Gough, Moderator
An Unquenchable Thirst: aMemoir by Mary Johnson & TheMissionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by ChristopherHitchens 12/19/15 Mary Johnson, Guest, Kevin Gough, Moderator
The Collapse of AmericanCriminal Justice by William Stuntz11/21/15 Roger Chapell, Moderator
It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis 10/17/15 Kevin Gough, Moderator
Goliath: Life and Loathingin Greater Israel by Max Blumenthal 9/19/15 Kevin Gough, Moderator
Roger Williams and theCreation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty by John M. Barry 8/22/15 Kevin Gough, Moderator
36 Arguments for theExistence of God: A Work of Fictionby Rebecca Newberger Goldstein 7/25/15 Kevin Gough, Moderator
Pro: Reclaiming AbortionRights by Katha Pollitt 6/20/15 KevinGough, Moderator
Fighting Back the Right:Reclaiming Americafrom the Attack on Reason by DavidNiose 5/16/15 David Niose, Guest, Kevin Gough Moderator
Waking Up: A Guide toSpirituality Without Religion by SamHarris 3/21/15 Kevin Gough, Moderator
Sex at Dawn: ThePrehistoric Origins of Modern Sexualityby Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá 2/21/15 Kevin Gough, Moderator
Bright-Sided: How theRelentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich 1/17/15 Kevin Gough, Moderator
Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach 12/20/14 KevinGough, Moderator
The End of Men: And theRise of Women by Hanna Rosin 11/15/14Kevin Gough, Moderator
Dog Whistle Politics: HowCoded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney Lopez 10/18/14 Dan Blinn, Moderator 
"The Case for Reparations"by Ta-Nehisi Coates from June 2014 Atlantic Monthly 8/23/14 Dan Blinn,Moderator
The Demon-Haunted World:Science as a Candle in the Dark byCarl Sagan 7/12/14 Dan Blinn, Moderator
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman 5/31/14 Dan Blinn, Moderator
Don't Sleep, There AreSnakes by Daniel Everett 4/26/14Kevin Gough, Moderator
The Bonobo and the Atheist by Frans de Waal 3/29/14 Dan Blinn, Moderator
Ishmael by Dan Quinn 3/8/14 Kevin Gough, Moderator
The Swerve: How the WorldBecame Modern by Stephen Greenblatt1/18/14 Kevin Gough, Moderator
Free Will by Sam Harris 10/20/2013 Dan Blinn, Moderator
Why I Am Not a Christianand Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects by Bertrand Russell 9/28/2013 Dan Blinn, Moderator
The Life You Can Save:Acting Now To End World Poverty byPeter Singer 8/24/13 Dan Blinn, Moderator
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman 7/27/13 Dan Blinn, Moderator
The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer 6/29/13 Dan Blinn, Moderator
Deer Hunting with Jesus by Joe Bageant 5/25/13 Kevin Gough, Moderator
Good Without God by Greg Epstein 4/20/13 Kevin Gough, Moderator
The Plague by Albert Camus 3/23/13 Dan Blinn, Moderator
The Better Angels of ourNature: Why Violence Has Declined bySteven Pinker 3/9/13 Kevin Gough, Moderator
Freefall: America,Free Markets, and the Shrinking of the World Economy by Joseph Stiglitz 1/19/13 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Breakfast With Buddha by Roland Merullo 12/22/12 Dan Blinn, Moderator
She's Not There: A Life inTwo Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan11/17/12 Dan Blinn, Moderator
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. 10/20/12 Manny Ratafia,Moderator
1493: Uncovering the NewWorld ColumbusCreated by Charles C. Mann 9/22/12Marsha Zellner, Moderator
Nonbeliever Nation by David Noise 8/12/12 Dan Blinn, Moderator
The Cider House Rules by John Irving 7/14/12 Dan Blinn, Moderator
God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens 6/9/12 Dan Blinn, Moderator
The Road by Cormac McCarthy 5/12/12 Dan Blinn, Moderator
God's Harvard: A ChristianCollege on a Mission to Save America by Hanna Rosin 4/1/12 Dan Blinn, Moderator
Uncle Tom's Cabin; or,Life Among the Lowly by HarrietBeecher Stowe 2/25/12, Dan Blinn, Moderator
Half the Sky: TurningOppression into Opportunity for WomenWorldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof andSheryl WuDunn 1/21/12, Dan Blinn, Moderator
Predictably Irrational:TheHidden Forces That Shape Our Decisionsby Dan Ariely 12/10/11 Carol Siddall, Moderator
Descartes' Bones: ASkeletal History of the Conflict between Faith and Reason By Russell Shorto 10/22/11 Dan Blinn, Moderator
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 8/27/11 Dan Blinn, Moderator
God Is Not One: The Eight RivalReligions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter by Stephen Prothero 7/17/11 Bill McWilliams,Moderator
Poetry Reading (no book)5/14/11 George Brenner, Moderator
Monkey Girl : Evolution,Education, Religion, and the Battle for America'sSoul by Edward Humes 3/26/2011 DanBlinn, Moderator
The Color of Water by James McBride 2/26/2011 Bonnie Cohen, Moderator
Three Cups Of Tea – OneMan’s Mission To Promote Peace . . . One School At A Time by Greg Mortenson And David Oliver Relin 1/22/2011Doug Peary, Moderator
The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris 11/20/10 Doug Peary, Moderator
The Good Earth by PearlBuck 10/3/10 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Paul Robeson: A Biography by Martin Bauml Duberman Date 8/1/2010 Manny Ratafia,Moderator
Justice: What's The RightThing To Do? by Michael J. Sandel.5/22/2010 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Letters from the Earth by Mark Twain 3/14/2010 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Surely You're Joking, Mr.Feynman! : Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman 1/30/2010 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedomin America by Steven Waldman 11/21/2009 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
The Audacity of Hope:Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama 10/3/2009 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Doubt: A History: TheGreat Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to ThomasJefferson and Emily Dickinson byJennifer Michael Hecht (remainder of book) 8/15/2009 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
The Varieties ofScientific Experience: a Personal View of the Search for God (Selected Readings)by Carl Sagan 7/18/2009 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom 5/9/2009 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Doubt: A History: TheGreat Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to ThomasJefferson and Emily Dickinson byJennifer Michael Hecht 4/18/2009 (Chapters 1-5) Manny Ratafia, Moderator
What Evolution Is by ErnstMayr 2/14/2009 Manny Ratafia,Moderator
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair 12/14/2008 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Team of Rivals: ThePolitical Genius of Abraham Lincolnby Doris Kearns Goodwin 10/25/2008 MannyRatafia, Moderator
Creating a World WithoutPoverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism by Muhammad Yunus 9/6/2008 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
The Devil’s Disciple by George Bernard Shaw 7/19/2008 Manny Ratafia,Moderator
Your Inner Fish: A Journeyinto the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin 5/10/2008 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
1984 by George Orwell 3/22/2008 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Moral Politics: HowLiberals and Conservatives Think byGeorge Lakoff 1/12/2008 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
The Fundamentals ofExtremism: The Christian Right in America (last two chapters) by Kimberly Blaker (Editor)10/27/2007 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Moral Minority: OurSkeptical Founding Fathers by BrookeAllen 9/15/2007 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
The Varieties ofScientific Experience : a Personal View of the Search for God (Chapter 6, The God Hypothesis) by Carl Sagan8/11/2007 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
The Undercover Economist:Exposing Why the Rich Are Rich, the Poor Are Poor--and Why You Can Never Buy aDecent Used Car! by Tim Harford6/30/2007 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner 4/14/2007Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Galileo's Daughter: AHistorical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love by Dava Sobel 2/11/2007 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Inheriting the Holy Land:An American's Search for Hope in the Middle East by Jennifer Miller 12/10/2006 Manny Ratafia,Moderator
The Kidnapping of EdgardoMortara by David Kertzer 9/10/2006Manny Ratafia, Moderator
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown 5/21/2006 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Blood and Oil: The Dangersand Consequences of America'sGrowing Dependency on Imported Petroleumby Michael T. Klare 3/12/2006 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 1/29/2006 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
The End of Faith by Sam Harris 11/12/2005 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Looking for Spinoza by Antonio Damasio 9/10/2005 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Don't Think of an Elephant by George Lakoff 7/9/2005 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
The Crisis of Islam by Bernard Lewis 5/14/2005 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Freethinkers: A History ofSecularism by Susan Jacoby 3/12/2005Manny Ratafia, Moderator
The True Believer by Eric Hoffer 1/15/2005 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker 11/13/2004 Manny Ratafia, Moderator
Demonic Males by Richard Wrangham and Dale Peterson 10/9/2004 MannyRatafia, Moderator
The Worldly Philosophers by Robert Heilbroner 6/19/2004 Manny Ratafia,Moderator
Terror in the Name of God by Jessica Stern 4/10/2004 Manny Ratfia, Moderator

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